Kicker: Faith and football


NICK EICHER, HOST: Faith and sports can bring out the best in us, and on Friday, a remarkable moment went viral online. 

It happened during a high school football game in Texas, at Sherman High School. 

Sherman’s team captain Gage Smith grabbed the shoulder of opposing player and star running back Ty Jordan at the 40 yard line. Smith had learned Jordan’s mother was battling cancer and asked if he could pray for him. He told local TV station K-X-I-I:

SMITH: Just had a moment with him, praying over him, his mom and his family.

Smith’s aunt took a photo of the two kneeling together in prayer and shared it online. That picture now has hundreds of thousands of views. Here’s what Jordan said about it.

JORDAN: It means a lot, you know.  It just sends a message to a lot of people that words can help others. And taking some time out of your day to pray for others, speak for others, do little things. That’s what really counts.

Amen to that. It’s The World and Everything in It.


Sherman High School senior Gage Smith was seen kneeling down with West Mesquite High School player Ty Jordan as they prayed for Jordan’s mother, who is battling cancer. (Ty Jordan)

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